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The Advanced Field Practicum is offered each May as part of May Term. The course is typically split into two units. The first unit is a Wilderness First Aid and Emergency Care unit offered on campus which leads to a Wilderness First Responder Certification. The second unit is a field practicum that typically focuses on a specific outdoor skill (canoeing, climbing, backpacking) in an immersive, expeditionary setting. The course is ideal for those students minoring in Outdoor Education or who wish to lead the August Wilderness summer program for the College. Coursework involves models of leadership, judgement, and decision-making as well as pedagogical considerations of experiential, field-based learning and teaching.
Wilderness Instructors Course May Term, Outdoor Education Spring 2013
Course Overview: The Advanced Field Practicum is an intensive practicum for the developing outdoor educator. The course is made up of two parts. Participants are able to do one, or the other, or both components.
Course Syllabus (click here)
Course Equipment List (click here)
Application Deadline: October 15th (to IPO)
Cost: WFR: $600; Field: $800; Both: $1400
Pre-requisites: EDUC 210 (Outdoor Trip Leadership) or permission of instructor(s).
Wilderness First Responder: Created to provide outdoor leaders with the knowledge needed to deal with crises in remote settings, WFR is an 80-hour certification course that meets all DOT national standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations. The curriculum includes protocols for patient assessment, extended care, and wilderness rescue. This course is taught by SOLO, a world leader in Wilderness Medicine. (2 credits)
Advanced Field Practicum:Following the WFR course, we will travel to Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario, to take part in a 10-day wilderness canoe tripping expedition. Here, we will focus on advanced leadership and technical skills in an immersive environment. Emphasizing opportunities for practice and feedback, students will travel in the backcountry learning and teaching outdoor skills such as navigation, camp craft, group facilitation, judgement, risk assessment, and leadership. (1 credit)
Course Location: Killarney Provincial Park - Ontario
Leaders: Jay Roberts and Alexia Springer
Dates: WFR: May 7th –May 15th